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Alex Rodriguez thinks Ryan Dempster was ‘silly and unprofessional’ 08.19.13 at 2:40 am ET
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Alex Rodriguez didn’t charge the mound after getting hit on the left elbow and ribs with a Ryan Dempster 3-0 fastball in the second inning Sunday night.

The embattled Yankee superstar saved up his revenge for a solo homer that started a four-run sixth inning in New York’s 9-6 win.

“Honestly, I had like 15 of my teammates come up and say, ‘hit a [expletive] bomb and walk it off,” Rodriguez said. “They were pissed off and so was I.

“It was the ultimate revenge.”

Then afterward, he let Dempster have it with a tirade.

“Whether you like me or hate me, what’s wrong is wrong,” Rodriguez said. “It was unprofessional and silly, and kind of a silly way to get someone hurt on your team as well.”

Rodriguez said he’s not worried that Sunday’s incident could be repeated down the stretch of the season.

“I’m not at all,” he said. “That today kind of brought us together. Joe’s reaction was amazing. Every single one of my teammates came up to me and said, ‘hit a bomb and walk it off’ and they were as pissed as I was.”

There was a moment of comic relief when Rodriguez, appealing a 211-game MLB suspension for PED use, was asked if he thought Dempster should be suspended.

“I’m the wrong guy to be asking about suspensions. I have an attorney I can recommend. Don’t ask me that question.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi charged out of the dugout, appealing to home plate umpire Brian O’Nora that he be ejected for intentionally throwing at Rodriguez. Did Rodriguez expect this at some point?

“Look, my only focus is to play baseball and to play baseball the right way,” he said. “That was silly and unprofessional, and my teammates reacted. I thought Joe’s reaction was incredible. Hopefully, we can take this and build some momentum for the rest of the year.”

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Shane Victorino feels for Gerardo Parra but says Fenway sun ‘should teach him a lesson’ 08.04.13 at 9:27 pm ET
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Right field at Fenway Park on a sunny afternoon can be one of the hardest positions to play in all of baseball. Sunday was a classic exhibit of why.

Arizona right fielder Gerardo Parra, who spent extra time in right working with coaches before the series started on Friday, dropped a line drive off the bat of David Ortiz in the first inning. Then, he lost a Jacoby Ellsbury pop fly to shallow right that allowed a run to score in a two-run sixth for Boston. The Red Sox didn’t capitalize on his first mistake but did later as they beat the Diamondbacks, 4-0.

Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino certainly had his moments. He crashed into the wall with his left hip trying unsuccessfully to catch a foul fly in the third inning. In the ninth, he experienced what Parra did earlier, when he lost Martin Prado’s fly to shallow right.

“I take pride in my defense. Unfortunately, in that last inning, I lost that ball in the sun,” Victorino said. “The ball against the wall, if I get a chance to make an out, sometimes I get a little carried away. It was a little dangerous there but again, I felt like I could make the play. Obviously, it hit my glove. As they always say the rule is if it hits your glove, you should catch it. So I was upset at myself for not catching it. Sometimes, there’s some risk involved. Again, collectively if you look at what we’ve done in the outfield. Jonny has made some great plays. The other night, he crashed into the wall.

“You have to continue those kind of things. Anytime, you can get an out, put a glove on it and catch it, every out counts.”

Victorino gave up his body on the foul fly in the third, something he doesn’t regret.

“It was my left hip,” he said. “My left hip hit the wall pretty well. It didn’t really feel too comfortable. But actually, I don’t know if that was a good thing that I hit the wall with my left hip. It might have made everything feel better on my left side. So, again, anytime I have the chance to make a catch, I’m going to try and make it. Knock on wood I came away unscathed from a serious injury. I’m going to continue to play that way.”

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John Henry reaches deal to buy Boston Globe 08.02.13 at 10:39 pm ET
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John Henry came into Boston in 2002 promising to break the “Curse of the Bambino” and deliver a World Series championship to Red Sox fans throughout New England. This season, under Henry’s management, the Red Sox have produced another remarkable turnaround from last place to the best record in the American League.

Apparently, he will get the chance to try his turnaround magic on the Boston Globe.

According to Peter Gammons, Henry has been selected by The New York Times Co., the Globe’s current owner, to take over the newspaper, according to a report on his website Gammons Daily. The price is speculated to range anywhere between $70 and $120 million.

Update: The Globe has confirmed the purchase agreement reached by Henry.

Henry’s Red Sox already own a majority stake in NESN and sports teams marrying media entities is hardly groundbreaking. FOX Entertainment Group owned the Dodgers. The Tribune Co. owned the Cubs and Ted Turner owned the Braves. The Knicks and Rangers are owned by the Dolan family, which owns Cablevision. But in this case it’s the sports franchise buying the media outlet.

The Globe reported on Wednesday that Henry was going to submit a bid for the newspaper as a solo buyer after an attempt to purchase the Globe through New England Sports Network did not materialize. Henry also owns the soccer powerhouse Liverpool Reds of the Barclay’s Premier League.

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Red Sox-Rays rained out, make-up set for Monday at Fenway 07.25.13 at 7:39 pm ET
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Thursday’s series finale between the Red Sox and Rays was rained out at Fenway Park. The game will be made up Monday night at 6:10 p.m. at Fenway.

The lights came on at Fenway Park at 6 p.m., about one hour before first pitch the tarp remains on the field as steady showers, which began around 4 p.m., continued in the immediate area of Fenway Park.

With the window of dry weather too small in between heavy pockets of rain on the radar, the decision was made by the umpires and Major League Baseball to postpone until Monday, a mutual day off for both clubs. The Rays are in New York to take on the Yankees this weekend while the Red Sox will be in Baltimore before returning home for a homestand that originally set to begin on Tuesday against Seattle.

The decision to postpone was taken out of the hands of the Red Sox and placed in the authority of the umpires and Major League Baseball since Thursday marked the final trip in Boston this season for Tampa Bay.

John Lackey was scheduled to oppose Jeremy Hellickson in the series wrap-up. The Rays won two of the first three to close Boston’s lead in the division to a half-game before Thursday’s washout.

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Red Sox-Rays in delay at 7:01 pm ET
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Thursday’s series finale between the Red Sox and Rays is officially in delay.

The lights came on at Fenway Park at 6 p.m., about one hour before first pitch the tarp remains on the field as steady showers, which began around 4 p.m., continued in the immediate area of Fenway Park.

John Lackey is scheduled to oppose Jeremy Hellickson in the series wrap-up. The game is a critical one in the AL East, as the Rays have taken two of the first three to close Boston’s lead in the division to a half-game.

If the game is postponed, the likely make-up date will be on Monday as both teams have a mutual day off. The Rays are in New York to take on the Yankees this weekend while the Red Sox will be in Baltimore before returning home for a homestand that originally set to begin on Tuesday against Seattle.

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David Price is ready for Red Sox if he sees them in playoffs at 10:26 am ET
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David Price knows the reputation of the Red Sox.

The reigning 2012 American League Cy Young winner needed just 97 pitches to dispatch of the Red Sox, 5-1, at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

“Our plate approach is going to go in with a specific game plan, and that’s to try to grind out at-bats,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “But we’ve got to adjust to the pitcher on the mound, and he forced us to swing the bat earlier in the count. A lot of ground balls. A lot of balls at people. That’s what can happen.”

“If they want to keep taking, that’s fine. They’ll be 0-2 pretty quick,” Price said, talking like a pitcher who was very confident with his command. “They’re a tough team. They are. One through nine is extremely good. They have a guy [Jose Iglesias] hitting in the nine hole who’s hitting .350, so that’s pretty good.”

While Iglesias has slipped to .343, Price’s point is still well taken.

“He threw some pitches we could’ve hit, but we just didn’t do it,” Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of Price’s control in the strike zone.

Coming back from a triceps injury, Price has looked like the anchor of the staff that Tampa Bay needs him to be.

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Clay Buchholz: ‘I’m going to go as quick as I can’ 07.23.13 at 6:18 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz wants Red Sox fans to know he’s doing his best to come back from a strained right shoulder. The right-handed Red Sox starter opened the season 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and was in the midst of his best season to date.

Now, he disclosed on Tuesday, he’ll be lucky to make four or five more starts before the end of the season.

“There’s no timeline on it,” Buchholz said of his rehab progress. “I’m going to go as quick as I can at the comfort level they told me to go at.”

Buchholz met with renown orthopedic specialist James Andrews on Monday in Pensacola, Fla.

“His one thing was when I’m at 90 feet and I can throw hard, let a ball go and throw as hard as I want to and be OK with it, that’s when the light comes on and we can start going off the mound easy, and then get back into flat-ground, sim game and rehab,” Buchholz said.

“He said you can either make four or five starts in the last half of the season and hopefully, if we’re lucky enough to go to the playoffs, pitch in the playoffs or do it wrong and not pitch at all.”

Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team won’t do anything to rush Buchholz back if he’s not comfortable.

“The one that has been consistent throughout this is we’ve to progress as Clay has tolerated,” Farrell said before Tuesday’s game. “That won’t change. What we’re looking to achieve first is that he throws aggressively off flat ground and at 90 feet before we would incorporate the angle of the mound. That’s why when questions were asked [Monday after Dr. Andrews visit], it’s kind of hard to pinpoint that. So, we look at this in phases. The re-conditioning and the strength gains from a throwing standpoint to then incorporating the mound to incorporating ups and downs through a simulated game and then ultimately rehab starts. But this will all be determined on Clay’s tolerance and the increase in intensity.

“I think that’s just another way of saying we don’t have an exact date. We have to keep Clay’s health first and foremost, which has been the case all throughout this. That won’t change. Whatever time is needed, Clay is going to return to us when he’s ready.”

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Clay Buchholz to seek ‘peace of mind’ in visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday 07.21.13 at 6:42 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz will travel to Pensacola, Fla., for an appointment with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews Monday in an effort to give him ‘€œpeace of mind’€ about the health of his neck and shoulder, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Andrews has already taken a look at MRI images of Buchholz’€™s shoulder, but will get a chance to evaluate him in person Monday.

“As I’ve said many times, [Buchholz] is extremely frustrated with it. As it seemed like he was turning the corner on the trip when we went through Seattle and the throwing that he was doing, it hasn’t,” Farrell said. “So more than anything, to get some verification and clarification through Dr. Andrews to put his mind at ease is as important as anything that he’s dealing with from a physical standpoint.”

Buchholz (9-0, 1.71 ERA) has had no trouble throwing long toss on flat ground, according to Farrell. However, the discomfort returns when he tries pitching from the mound. Buchholz has been told by team physicians that he’s not at risk of worsening the condition by pitching. The Sox are hoping that Andrews can confirm that outlook so that Buchholz can move forward in a rehab that has been traveling sideways for some time.

‘€œWhen he has gotten on the mound, there has been some freedom in some of those bullpens,’€ Farrell said. ‘€œIt has been repetitive and cumulative throwing where he has felt some of the discomfort start to return, and that is when he stopped. If it can be confirmed that he is not going to put himself at further risk, then OK. Let’€™s continue on.

“[The visit is] to confirm what the findings have been to date and more than anything for Clay to have that peace of mind,” added Farrell.

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Brandon Workman to start Monday’s game against Rays, Jon Lester on target for Tuesday at 5:58 pm ET
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With Jon Lester‘€™s first start after the All-Star break being pushed back and Ryan Dempster being slotted into Sunday’€™s game, Brandon Workman will take the mound in Monday’€™s series opener between the Red Sox and Rays at Fenway Park.

Workman (0-0, 5.40 ERA) got a no-decision in his first career start in Oakland on July 14, when he allowed two runs after holding the Athletics hitless through six innings. The 24-year-old was called up on July 9 and made his first appearance in a Boston uniform the next day, when he allowed three runs on four hits through two innings of relief.

While Workman was hit hard in his first inning against Seattle ‘€” he allowed three doubles and a home run in the frame ‘€” manager John Farrell said that his ability to return to the mound for a clean second inning that day allowed the right-hander to start showing some of the traits that had been evident for three years to the Red Sox player development staff and front office.

‘€œThe one thing he does is he throws a lot of strikes,’€ said Farrell. ‘€œEven in the first inning against Seattle ‘€” he got squared up, but he didn’€™t fear the strike zone. He didn’€™t start to walk people just because there was a lot of contact. He went out and had a very good second inning and I think that second inning set him up with the ability to walk off the mound knowing he put up a zero and carried it into the game against Oakland.’€

Workman’€™s start will be a crucial one, as it will be against a Rays team that is creeping up on the Red Sox in the division. They are only 1 1/2 games back of Boston in the standings, have won 16 of their last 18 games and will send Matt Moore to the mound, who has won each of his last five starts. Yet Farrell did not have concerns about exposing a rookie to such a meaningful contest.

“I think the one thing that we’€™re learning, at least at the major league staff, is that this is a guy who has kind of quiet confidence about him and doesn’€™t fear the setting in which he’€™s performing in,” said Farrell.

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Andrew Bailey to have shoulder surgery, season done at 5:49 pm ET
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As he indicated on Friday when he spoke to reporters about his ailing right shoulder, Andrew Bailey will require surgery to fully fix the injury.

On Sunday, the Red Sox announced that the former closer will have surgery in New York on Wednesday and his season is over.

Renown orthopedic surgeon David Altchek will perform the surgery in New York.

“I think until the procedure is done, it’s just speculation at this point [about his timeline] but we’ll get a full report after Wednesday,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Sunday’s series finale with the Yankees.

“There were no guarantees [that] he would able to get back to the mound to a normal level through a conservative path. As Andrew weighed all the information that he got from the multiple doctors seen, it was pretty clear cut. The decision was pretty much made for him.”

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